Miriam Chusid

Lecturer and Burke Postdoctoral Fellow

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Biography

Miriam Chusid’s research interests are rooted in Japanese Buddhist art, and are interdisciplinary, encompassing the religious art of East Asia more broadly. Her current research focuses on the visual representations of the six paths of existence, or the Buddhist hells and other undesirable realms of the afterlife. Chusid is currently developing a book project that centers on the soteriological role of hell imagery in thirteenth and fourteenth century Japan, and she is particularly interested in the interplay between art, text, and ritual; the use of art and architecture to convey Buddhist knowledge and changes in belief; and the relationship between icons and visual narratives. She is also at work on a second project that examines the ways Japan’s cultural elite appropriated medieval Buddhist paintings and sculptures as part of a national visual heritage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Chusid received her PhD from Princeton University in 2016. She holds a BA from Boston University and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has been the recipient of a number of grants, including a Fulbright IIE dissertation award to conduct research at Gakushūin University in Tokyo. Her work has also been supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.